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O.J. Howard TE-TB
Bound for IR

The Buccaneers will place Howard on injured reserve Tuesday with ankle and foot injuries, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ANALYSIS: Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Howard sustained the two injuries on the same play during Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants. The 24-year-old will finish the campaign on IR for the second time in as many years, providing an disappointing conclusion to what was shaping up to be a breakout season. The Buccaneers will look to Cameron Brate to serve as the primary replacement at tight end for Howard, who had recorded 34 receptions for 565 yards and five scores in 10 games.

Tre'Quan Smith WR-NO
Not seen at practice

Smith (foot) wasn't present for the portion of Tuesday's practice that was available to the media, Rod Walker of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

ANALYSIS: Smith had also been listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice report, but that was merely an estimate with the Saints getting a well-deserved day off following their 48-7 trouncing of the Eagles over the weekend. The rookie wideout turned in a breakthrough performance in the contest with 10 receptions for 157 yards and a score on 13 targets, but he apparently hurt his foot along the way. The extent of Smith's setback isn't fully known, but if he remains absent from Wednesday's practice, his status could be in peril for the Thanksgiving Day game against the Falcons.

Calvin Ridley WR-ATL
Remains limited at practice

Ridley (thigh) was a limited participant at Tuesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of reports.

ANALYSIS: It's believed the thigh injury is just a minor concern and something that won't jeopardize his status for the Falcons' Thanksgiving Day matchup with the Saints. Ridley has popped up on Atlanta's injury reports on a few occasions during his inaugural campaign but has suited up for all 10 games, posting 39 receptions for 532 yards and seven touchdowns in those outings.

Chase Edmonds RB-ARI
Records five carries

Edmonds ran for 17 yards on five carries during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Oakland.

ANALYSIS: The five carries tied a season high for Edmonds, though he struggled to make much of them against a Raiders run defense that is among the worst in the NFL. Edmonds, after catching nine passes in his first two games, has been quiet in the passing game as of late, but gets a somewhat favorable matchup on the ground Sunday against a Chargers defense surrendering 4.6 yards per carry, placing them among the bottom half of the league.

Jermaine Gresham TE-ARI
Snags pass

Gresham caught one of his two targets for an eight-yard gain during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Oakland.

ANALYSIS: It was the seventh time in eight games this season that Gresham came away with one or no catches. Ricky Seals-Jones is the primary weapon at tight end in Arizona and even he has been inconsistent in his performances. Sunday brings a Chargers defense that has been on the rise in recent weeks.

J.J. Nelson WR-ARI
Continues to be unutilized

Nelson was unable to reel in his lone target during Sunday's 23-21 loss to Oakland.

ANALYSIS: Nelson has now failed to catch his only target in a game in three straight contests and failed to log a catch or a carry for the first time since Week 5. This, mind you, was against a middle-of-the-pack Oakland pass defense that had been picked apart this season. Things should get even tougher Sunday against a Chargers defense on a roll.

Brock Osweiler QB-MIA
Returns to No. 2 role

Osweiler is in line to serve as the Dolphins' backup quarterback Sunday against the Colts with coach Adam Gase naming Ryan Tannehill (shoulder) the Week 12 starter, Adam H. Beasley and Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald report.

ANALYSIS: After missing the Dolphins' previous five games with an injury to his throwing shoulder, Tannehill cleared up any lingering concern about his health coming out of the team's Week 11 bye at Tuesday's practice. While Tannehill didn't display his usual game velocity on the throws, the report notes that he showed good accuracy while incrementally increasing his throwing distance. Gase apparently agreed with that assessment, prompting him to turn the gig back over to Tannehill after Osweiler went 2-3 while completing 63 percent of his attempts for 1,212 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions during his run as starter. Unless Tannehill's shoulder acts up again over the Dolphins' final six contests of 2018, don't expect Osweiler to see any snaps outside of garbage time.

Ryan Tannehill QB-MIA
Confirmed as Week 12 starter

Coach Adam Gase confirmed after Tuesday's practice that Tannehill (shoulder) would start Sunday's game against the Colts, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

ANALYSIS: Per Beasley, the Dolphins feel "good" about where Tannehill stands on the health front after the unspecified shoulder injury kept him out for the team's final five games prior to a Week 11 bye. Tannehill had previously increased his odds of playing Sunday by throwing last week without any reported complications and displayed no apparent limitations while completing passes from multiple distances during the media-access portion of Tuesday's practice. With Tannehill back in action this weekend, Brock Osweiler will return to the backup role after guiding Miami to a 2-3 record while completing 63 percent of his attempts for 1,212 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions during Tannehill's absence.

Jesse James TE-PIT
Not targeted in win

James was not targeted during Sunday's 20-16 win over the Jaguars.

ANALYSIS: James' slide hit rock bottom on Sunday for his first catchless performance of the season. After being targeted five times in each of the Steelers' first two games, the Penn State product has been targeted more than three times just once in his past eight games as starter Vance McDonald heats up. Sunday brings a Denver defense that has given up some yardage this season, but has attacked offenses with turnovers and sacks.

Rex Burkhead RB-NE
Not working at Tuesday's practice

Burkhead (neck) wasn't present for the Patriots' practice Tuesday, Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald reports.

ANALYSIS: Burkhead resumed practicing Nov. 8, initiating a 21-day window for the Patriots to evaluate him for a return from injured reserve. Because IR rules mandate players to miss a minimum of eight weeks, Burkhead won't be eligible for activation until Week 13 against the Vikings. With that in mind, his absence Tuesday isn't necessarily an indication that he suffered a setback with the neck issue, as the Patriots could just being cautious with his usage in practice while his earliest possible return date remains just under two weeks away.

Rhett Ellison TE-NYG
Catches a pass

Ellison caught is lone target for 12 yards during Sunday's 38-35 win over Tampa Bay.

ANALYSIS: From a points perspective, Sunday was the Giants' best game of the season. Still, Ellison failed to reach 20 yards for the fifth consecutive game. The veteran target should not be looked at for anything more than an underneath catch or two per game, even Sunday against a struggling Eagles pass defense.

Charles Clay TE-BUF
Misses another practice

Clay (hamstring) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Mike Rodak of reports.

ANALYSIS: Following their Week 11 bye, the Bills held practices Monday and Tuesday, but the team won't have to provide its first Week 12 injury report until Wednesday. With Clay still not resuming on-field work, it's expected that he'll officially go down as a non-participant Wednesday, casting early skepticism on his chances of playing Sunday against the Jaguars. If Clay misses a second straight game, Jason Croom and Logan Thomas would likely split work at tight end.

Derek Anderson QB-BUF
Dons helmet for practice

Anderson (concussion) was spotted with a helmet at Tuesday's practice, Mike Rodak of reports. The quarterback still remains in the NFL's concussion protocol, however, Mike Rodak of reports.

ANALYSIS: While Anderson still needs to receive clearance from an independent neurologist before being removed from the protocol, his presence on the field Tuesday at least suggests he's progressed to the point of participating in light football activity. Anderson previously hadn't been wearing his helmet at any of the Bills' practices since suffering the head injury Oct. 29 against the Patriots. It appears the veteran signal-caller will have a realistic shot at clearing the protocol prior to Sunday's game against the Jaguars, but he may have dropped from second to third in the pecking order at quarterback behind Matt Barkley, who shined in the Bills' Week 10 win over the Jets while both Anderson and No. 1 option Josh Allen (elbow) were sidelined.

Luke Willson TE-DET
Catchless in win

Willson was targeted once, but did not record a catch during Sunday's 20-19 win over the Panthers.

ANALYSIS: Coming off of his best stretch of the year, during which he caught seven passes in three games, Willson was held without a catch for the third time this season. The veteran tight end has not been effective in the passing game and is less valuable from a fantasy perspective than backup Michael Roberts, who missed Sunday's game with a shoulder injury. Thursday brings a Chicago defense that has harassed opposing passing offense this season.

Ryan Tannehill QB-MIA
Looks normal at practice

Tannehill (shoulder) appeared to be throwing without any pain at practice Tuesday, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.

ANALYSIS: Earlier reports indicated Tannehill had ramped up to throwing passes from up to 50 yards out during the Dolphins' Week 11 bye. He made that evident to the media Tuesday, completing throws from various distances without any noticeable discomfort. Coach Adam Gase may provide further insight following the session regarding Tannehill's health and chances of suiting up Sunday against the Colts. In a matchup that could have significant AFC wild-card implications, the Miami offense would like having its top quarterback under center after he missed each of last five games. Brock Osweiler has led the team to a 2-3 record in his absence and will likely get the call again in Week 12 if Tannehill isn't cleared to return.

Kenyan Drake RB-MIA
Sports no-contact jersey Tuesday

Drake was spotted wearing a red non-contact jersey at Tuesday's practice session, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

ANALYSIS: Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Drake is still battling a shoulder issue, which likely dates back to the Nov. 11 contest against the Packers. His limited participation Tuesday could be a preservative measure to ensure he's ready to take the field Sunday against the Colts. His participation in practice as the week progresses will likely shed some more light on his status for the contest. In the event he's unable to play, veteran Frank Gore and rookie Kalen Ballage would likely shoulder most of the workload.

C.J. Uzomah TE-CIN
Modest production again

Uzomah had three catches for 41 yards on five targets in the Bengals' loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

ANALYSIS: Even with Tyler Eifert and Tyler Kroft both on IR, Uzomah hasn't had a big target game in recent memory. In fact, it was unheralded backup Matthew Lengel who caught a touchdown pass in the game rather than Uzomah.

Tim Patrick WR-DEN
Catchless in win

Patrick was unable to nab his lone target during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.

ANALYSIS: The catchless label is accurate, but a little misleading as Patrick actually delivered on a clutch 11-yard reception with the Broncos driving in the game's final seconds, but was called for a controversial offensive-pass-interference penalty after jostling with the defender for the ball. Still, Patrick looks like WR3 for Denver at the moment, ranking third among the team's receivers with 27 snaps on Sunday. That might increase if rookie DaeSean Hamilton (knee) misses any time. Next up on Sunday is the Steelers' top-10-rated pass defense.

DeVante Parker WR-MIA
Non-contact participant Tuesday

Parker (shoulder) donned a red no-contact jersey during Tuesday's practice session, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

ANALYSIS: Parker thus can be considered a limited participant in Tuesday's practice session. Head coach Adam Gase declared Monday that there's a chance Parker will retake the field for Sunday's matchup with the Colts and the bye week has certainly worked in Parker's favor, potentially allowing him to avoid missing a game because of the issue. The team added Brice Butler to the active roster last week to provide some depth at wideout behind Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola and Leonte Carroo in the event Parker is unable to go.

Cody Core WR-CIN
Target on final play

Core was the targeted wide receiver on the Bengals' final play in their loss to the Ravens on Sunday, and was unable to come up with the catch on the fourth-and-3 play.

ANALYSIS: Overall Core got 34 offensive snaps, but didn't have a catch on either of his two targets. That's twice now he's had relatively high-profile drops in games that the Bengals lost - he also had a big drop on third down in a game against the Steelers earlier.

Auden Tate WR-CIN
First NFL catch

Tate recorded his first NFL catch Sunday against the Ravens, good for five yards. It was his only snap of the game.

ANALYSIS: Oddly, Tate was on the field for the Bengals' final fourth-down play, but then came off after a Ravens timeout. That pass instead went to Cody Core, who dropped it.

Matt LaCosse TE-DEN
Helps spark rally

LaCosse caught one of two targets for nine yards during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.

ANALYSIS: It was another modest game for LaCosse, who has just been held to a single catch in four of his last five games, but it was a big one. With the Broncos facing 2nd and 16 in the closing seconds, a quick completion to LaCosse made it third and manageable and Case Keenum and Courtland Sutton delivered from there. Next up is a stingy Steelers pass defense giving up just 227 yards per game.

Alex Erickson WR-CIN
Shut out again

Erickson didn't have any catches in Sunday's loss to the Ravens and was targeted just once.

ANALYSIS: For a while it appeared that Erickson had an opportunity to get more targets with A.J. Green out, but instead those targets have flowed elsewhere. Erickson was on the field for only nine offensive snaps.

Harrison Butker K-KC
Misses XP in loss

Butker made his only field-goal attempt from 21 yards and made six of his seven extra-point attempts Monday against the Rams.

ANALYSIS: Butker was busy all night in a game that featured one of the highest scores in NFL history. The Georgia Tech product will likely be a top fantasy option playing for one of the best offenses in the league after the Chiefs return from bye in Week 13.

Brandon McManus K-DEN
Delivers game-winner

McManus hit both of his extra-point attempts and a 34-yard field goal during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.

ANALYSIS: After missing attempts of over 50 yards right before halftime and to end the game against Houston in Week 9, McManus buried a 34-yarder to give the Broncos the last-second win. The Temple product is a perfect 24 for 24 on extra-point attempts and 12 for 12 on field goals of less than 50 yards this season.

Courtland Sutton WR-DEN
Saves the day

Sutton caught three of six targets for 78 yards during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.

ANALYSIS: With the Broncos backed up near midfield and only seconds remaining, Sutton split up the field for a 30-yard reception to set up Denver's winning field goal. It was the second big catch of the day for Sutton, who also nabbed a 39-yarder in the second quarter to put the Broncos in position for their first touchdown. The statuesque rookie is averaging an absurd 20.0 yards per catch, best in the league among receivers with more than five receptions. He'll be challenged Sunday against a Steelers defense among the best at keeping opponents in front of them, surrendering just 10.9 yards per catch -- good for fifth best in the league.

Mitchell Trubisky QB-CHI
Set to miss practice Tuesday

Coach Matt Nagy said he doesn't expect Trubisky (shoulder) to practice Tuesday but is "cautiously optimistic" the quarterback will be able to start Thursday's game against the Lions, Kevin Fishbain of The Athletic reports. "I can't make any promises. I hope [Trubisky plays Thursday] but it's a day-to-day thing for us," Nagy said. "He wants to play, I know that. We've gotta make sure in these situations we're doing the right thing."

ANALYSIS: Though Trubisky didn't miss out on any snaps during the Bears' Week 11 win over the Vikings, Nagy confirmed the signal caller was hurting after taking a late hit to his throwing shoulder from safety Harrison Smith in the fourth quarter, per Larry Mayer of the Bears' official site. According to Jeff Dickerson of, Nagy relayed the team is confident Trubisky's shoulder injury isn't a long-term concern and won't necessitate surgery, but contending with the issue with a short turnaround between games is a less-than-ideal scenario for the 24-year-old. The Bears will presumably see how Trubisky is feeling after Wednesday's practice before rendering a verdict on his availability for Thanksgiving Day.

Jeff Heuerman TE-DEN
Snags four passes

Heuerman caught four of five targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 23-22 win over the Chargers.

ANALYSIS: It was a steep step off of Heuerman's career day against the Texans, but he's still tallied 21 targets over his past three games, just three fewer than the first seven games of the season combined. Without many established targets outside of Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Courtland Sutton, expect the targets to keep coming. Like all of Denver's pass catchers, Heuerman's value is hampered by Denver's tendency to pound the ball in the red zone, but -- of the mere three touchdown passes Denver has completed in the past three games -- two have gone to Heuerman.

Dwayne Allen TE-NE
Not spotted at practice

Allen (knee) wasn't present for the media-access portion of Tuesday's practice, Zack Cox of reports.

ANALYSIS: The Patriots appear to be in generally good health coming out of their bye week, as Allen was the only member of the 53-man roster who wasn't seen at practice. It hardly comes as a surprise, given that it was reported shortly after the Patriots' Week 10 loss to the Titans that Allen would likely miss a few games after sustaining a knee injury in that contest. Fortunately, Allen's expected absence for at least Sunday's game in New York against the Jets should be cushioned by the probable return of top tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/ankle), who missed the Patriots' final two games before the bye.

Mitchell Trubisky QB-CHI
On track for Thanksgiving Day game

The Bears are optimistic that Trubisky (shoulder) will be available for Thursday's game against the Lions, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

ANALYSIS: Trubisky was labeled a non-participant on the Bears' estimated practice report Monday due to the right shoulder injury, which he likely picked up in Sunday's 25-20 win over the Vikings. The second-year signal-caller wasn't forced to miss any action due to the issue and finished with 165 passing yards and a touchdown to go with 43 yards on the ground. It's possible the Bears are just managing Trubisky's reps carefully due to the quick turnaround between games, but he'll still probably need to practice in some capacity Tuesday or Wednesday to avoid an injury designation heading into Thanksgiving Day. Chase Daniel would receive his first NFL start since 2014 in the event Trubisky can't play this week.

Michael Gallup WR-DAL
Intending to play Thanksgiving Day

Gallup (personal) said he intends to play in Thursday's game against the Redskins, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

ANALYSIS: Following the Cowboys' 22-19 win over the Falcons this weekend, the rookie remained in Georgia to be with his family in the wake of his brother's death. The arrangements for his brother's funeral are still pending, but it appears Gallup plans on rejoining the Cowboys in Dallas ahead of the Thanksgiving Day game. Gallup started and played 52 of the Cowboys' 64 offensive snaps in Week 11, but his role could be more limited Thursday while he likely misses out on practice time leading up to the contest.

Dalton Schultz TE-DAL
Role to expand in Week 12

Coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that the Cowboys would lean more heavily on Schultz in the team's Thanksgiving Day game against the Redskins with Geoff Swaim (wrist) sidelined, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports. "He's a capable guy," Garrett said of Schultz. "Just needs to play more."

ANALYSIS: Owner Jerry Jones said earlier Tuesday in his weekly radio appearance that Swaim would likely be sidelined for 3-to-4 weeks after requiring wrist surgery, leaving the Cowboys without their top tight end for multiple games. While Dallas will likely lean on a committee that also includes Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers to fill in for Swaim, Schultz seemingly projects as the preferred option of the lot by virtue of leading the trio in offensive snaps the past three weeks. Even so, Schultz doesn't make for a particularly intriguing fantasy dart in Week 12, given the likelihood that he'll split work in addition to the fact that Swaim had a fairly minimal role in the team's passing attack.

Malcolm Brown RB-LA
Rushes for 15 yards in win

Brown played 14 of 80 offensive snaps and rushed four times for 15 yards during Monday's 54-51 win over Kansas City.

ANALYSIS: After not receiving a carry in his previous two contests, it was encouraging to see Brown more involved in the ground game Monday. He projects to continue seeing limited opportunities with Todd Gurley remaining the focal point of the offense and locked in as a three-down back, and as long as Gurley is healthy, Brown's fantasy outlook is bleak. The backup rusher is best viewed as a bench stash or Gurley handcuff, albeit with late-season potential if the Rams opt to rest their star back after clinching a playoff berth.

Sammy Watkins WR-KC
Minimal snaps in shootout

Watkins (foot) started but played just five of the Chiefs' 72 offensive snaps in Monday's 54-51 loss to the Rams. He hauled in his lone target for a four-yard reception.

ANALYSIS: After failing to practice Friday and Saturday, Watkins seemed to be trending in the wrong direction prior to kickoff, but the Chiefs ultimately cleared him to suit up for the matchup between two of the league's top teams. Despite his active status, Watkins mostly acted as a decoy during his limited time on the field, paving the way for Chris Conley (seven catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns) to take on an enhanced role. Though Watkins dressed Monday, his minimal usage implies that he's not yet over the foot injury that prevented him from playing in the Week 10 win over the Cardinals. Fortunately, he'll benefit from the Chiefs being on bye in Week 12 and should be ready to fill his usual duties alongside top wideout Tyreek Hill in the team's next game Dec. 2 against the Raiders.

Tyler Higbee TE-LA
Tallies season-high 63 yards

Higbee caught six of seven targets for 63 yards during Monday's 54-51 win over Kansas City.

ANALYSIS: With Cooper Kupp (knee) out for the season, Higbee has been more involved in the passing game of late. The tight end has hauled in 11 of 14 targets for 128 yards and a score over the past three weeks and projects to continue chipping in modest totals following Los Angeles' Week 12 bye. However, even though Higbee continues to play more offensive snaps than fellow tight end Gerald Everett (59 to 23 this week), Everett is proving to be the better vertical weapon.

Greg Zuerlein K-LA
Turns in another strong showing

Zuerlein hit both his field-goal attempts and six of seven extra-point kicks during Monday's 54-51 win over Kansas City.

ANALYSIS: The veteran kicker is putting up fantasy points like clockwork, as he's now connected on 12 of 13 field-goal attempts and 17 of 18 extra-point kicks through five games since returning from a groin injury in Week 7. Zuerlein is positioned to finish the season strong and should be considered a high-end option following Los Angeles' Week 12 bye.

Rod Smith RB-DAL
Minimal action again in Week 11

Smith failed to gain a yard only his only carry and caught both his targets for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

ANALYSIS: With Ezekiel Elliott seeing a huge workload and averaging 5.7 yards a carry over the last three weeks, the Cowboys have had little reason to try and work Smith into the game plan. Don't expect that to change down the stretch as the team tries to capture an NFC East title that seemed highly improbable before their Week 8 bye.

Dwayne Washington RB-NO
Three carries in blowout

Washington lost three yards on three carries in Sunday's win against the Eagles.

ANALYSIS: Washington handled mop-up duties in a big Saints win for the second week in a row, though the third-string running back had less success than he did in Week 10 when he gained 47 yards on 11 carries. Almost exclusively a special-teams player, Washington is not a fantasy option so long as Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara remain healthy.